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May 14, 2016 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day 2016

Celebrate Birds

Today is International Migratory Bird Day, an annual event that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

This gorgeous poster was created by wildlife artist Lionel Worrell.

The 2016 IMBD art illustrates 11 bird species. Ten of these species benefit from conservation laws that conserve migratory birds. One, the Carolina Parakeet, is extinct because of lack of protection in the early 1900’s. It serves as a reminder for the need to be involved in ensuring the future of migratory birds.

Weekend Birding has featured several of the birds on the poster. One bird that is becoming more endangered every year is the American Kestrel, a small, colorful falcon. They prefer open country and have been losing their habits. The bird I featured was one I rescued and took to the wildlife rehabilitation center. He was eventually diagnosed as suffering neurological damage, most likely from a building strike, and did not survive. Conservation laws are helping to save birds like this one.


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  1. WordsAndPeace / May 14 2016 4:54 pm

    I saw a lot of kestrels when I was living in Iowa, in a rural area. Gorgeous bird


  2. readerbuzz / May 15 2016 8:35 am

    We spent one evening during BEA with my dil’s parents. Her father, Tony, saw a robin in his backyard, stuck in a tree. He managed to rescue the bird, splint his leg, and feed her. Hopefully the bird will recover and he can release it into the wild in a few weeks.


    • Leslie / May 15 2016 11:53 am

      Oh no, poor bird. Hope that turns out ok. He should probably call one of the wildlife rehabilitation centers. There are several in this area that help native wildlife. No animal is too small for them to take in. A couple of weeks ago someone brought in a mouse with a bum leg!


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